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A cairn commemorates Cecil Madigan's 1939 crossing of the Simpson Desert.
The Simpson is a sand-ridge desert extending 322 kilometres west to east, the ridges running parallel from north to south at roughly 0.4 kilometre intervals, some reaching as high as 30 metres.
Madigan planned a ground crossing in the winter of 1939. A party of nine, including a biologist, a botanist, a photographer and a radio operator, with nineteen camels, made the exhausting crossing from Andado station in the Northern Territory to Birdsville in twenty-five days. It verified Madigan`s previous conclusions that the area was a wasteland.
This last classic Australian exploration adventure pioneered the use of mobile radio communication; national broadcasts were made through the Australian Broadcasting Commission from desert camps.
|Address:||Adelaide Street, Birdsville, 4482|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -25.899241|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1939|
|Approx. Event End Date:||1939|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1962|